First Gold Award for Dilworth at KBB Music Festival

Dilworth set new records at the KBB music festival this year. The school was represented by students participating in five ensembles – the highest number of groups entered in any one year by Dilworth.

The Senior Campus was represented by three groups at the festival.

The Dilworth and Diocesan Big Band performed on Wednesday morning at St Mary’s Church; the first group to perform in the jazz band section of the competition. This band really set the tone for their morning session, receiving huge support from the staff and Dilworth Old Boys who attended the concert, ultimately receiving Dilworth’s first ever Gold Award.

“The group really impressed both the adjudicators and the audience of students from other school bands. They showed off a good range of soloists and musical styles and were deserving of their gold award for their efforts,” said Dilworth’s Head of Performing Arts David Stent.

The Dilworth and Diocesan Concert Band performed on Thursday afternoon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and gained a Silver Award with an impactful and engaging presentation.

David summarised the feedback from the judges saying, “The adjudicators praised the enthusiasm and cohesiveness of the ensemble and commented positively on the strong evidence of musical leadership from senior players within the sections.”

Aside from the two Dilworth Senior Campus musical groups, three students (Siope Touhuni, Branton Mahe and Caleb Hartnell) stepped up late in the rehearsal process to assist the Diocesan Symphony Orchestra which received a Silver Award.

“These young men made a substantial contribution to this ensemble which was greatly appreciated by both the young women at Dio and their musical director,” said David.

The Year 9 concert band and string orchestra entered as a non-competitive group and performed admirably. It was the first time that Dilworth has been represented by a chamber orchestra at the KBB Festival.

“The string orchestra performed in the Chamber Orchestra category of the festival, and it was an exciting indicator of the strength of the junior students moving through the school. We are very excited to welcome this cohort to the Senior Campus next year,” said David.


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August 18, 2022